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Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 10/16/2006

This Week's Vegas Top 25

If you missed it, last week we discovered the Las Vegas Sports Consultants Top 25, a "poll" based on the power rankings compiled by the advisors to Vegas oddsmakers. The analysis by wise commenters went over my head, but anyhow, we've pledged to make this a regular Monday Morning feature, and so here's this week's poll, with record and BCS ranking in parentheses.

1. Ohio State (7-0) (1)
2. Texas (6-1) (9)
3. Michigan (7-0) (3)
4. California (6-1) (10)
5. Louisiana State (5-2) (18)
6. Southern Cal (6-0) (2)
7. Florida (6-1) (6)
8. Tennessee (5-1) (11)
9. Louisville (6-0) (7)
10. Notre Dame (5-1) (8)
11. Clemson (6-1) (12)
12. Wisconsin (6-1) (21)
13. Oregon (5-1) (14)
14. West Virginia (6-0) (5)
15. Auburn (6-1) (4)
16. Nebraska (6-1) (17)
17. Oklahoma (4-2) (22)
18. Boise State (7-0) (15)
19. Georgia Tech (5-1) (19)
20. Miami (4-2) (NR)
21. Pittsburgh (6-1) (NR)
22. Penn State (4-3) (NR)
23. Arkansas (5-1) (13)
24. Florida State (4-2) (NR)
25. Missouri (6-1) (24)

NR by Vegas: Rutgers (16 in BCS), Boston College (20), Iowa (23), Tulsa (25).

Notable:

1) Texas is fifth in all three human polls and gets crushed in the BCS computer rankings (cumulative 15th), but the Longhorns are second here. Which again means, on a neutral field, before betting begins and favoritism is accounted for, Texas would likely be favored against every team in the country besides Ohio State.

2) The SEC fares poorly here, with Auburn and Arkansas far lower than their position in the human polls or the BCS standings.

3) West Virginia is 14th, which matches its average BCS computer ranking. (This doesn't relate to the Vegas poll, but Rutgers actually has the same record and a much better computer score than West Virginia. The 'Eers, though, are much more popular than Rutgers in the human polls.)

4) This also doesn't relate to Vegas, but gee whiz, why is Georgia still in the top 25 in two of the three human polls after losing at home to Commodore 64?

5) On a neutral field Cal would, at least in the initial recommended line, be favored over Southern Cal? Weird.

6) Penn State looks odd at 4-3, but bear in mind that the losses are at Ohio State, at Notre Dame, and home to Michigan by a touchdown.

Thoughts? Does everyone agree with me that this should be used instead of the BCS, or, at a minimum, instead of the coaches' poll?

By  |  09:58 AM ET, 10/16/2006

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